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“Dovid, You’re Going to Help Them”

Rachel Ginsberg

Rabbi Dovid Dewick is considered an expert in the baffling field of eating disorders, but his knowledge didn’t come from lecture halls or a doctoral thesis. In an unusual twist of Providence, the former manufacturer owes his current occupation to the Amshinover Rebbe, who told him, “Dovid, there isn’t a kehillah that hasn’t been affected by this, and you’re going to help them.”

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

man walking  “I was well on my way to a perfect weight, when all of a sudden my parents decided I needed to be hospitalized. Now they’re happy, because since then I’ve been eating constantly, and have gained considerable amounts of weight. You can’t imagine how painful it is when I put things in my mouth. I can’t remember a moment where I ate something and didn’t break down afterwards. I feel disgusting, obese, out of control, it’s awful. I want desperately to get back onto the path I was once on, even if it ends up killing me.”

This is the complicated testimony of someone who’s already been through professional intervention for anorexia. Yet she, like thousands of others, is still struggling with the obsessions inherent in an eating disorder. And that’s why Rabbi Dovid Dewick, a pioneer in the field of eating disorders, will do anything to aid the recovery of these strugglers.

But this is not an article about anorexia.

Instead, it’s about the mission of one man, guided by his rebbe and gedolei Yisrael, who wants to increase the chances of recovery from this silent killer that has infiltrated every sector of the larger community.

Rabbi Dewick, a gentle, intuitive, soft-spoken talmid chacham and Amshinover chassid from Boro Park, had a successful manufacturing business when the Amshinover Rebbe in Jerusalem appointed him for a new and surprising role — to be a groundbreaker in the healing process for those struggling with anorexia and related issues. Today, nine years after receiving the Rebbe’s first assignment and blessing, Rabbi Dewick and his Magen Avrohom organization have become an important address for families enmeshed in the bizarre, foreign world of eating disorders. 


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